Stanton’s Bat, Latos’ Arm Stifle The Colorado Rockies Again


Jun 13, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a two run RBI double during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies came into Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins having scored one run in 18 innings this series, and things didn’t get better. 

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Giancarlo Stanton had all four RBIs, and Mat Latos shut down the Colorado Rockies’ offense, pushing the Miami Marlins to a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon — their third in a row during the four-game series.

Stanton was clutch for the Fish, going 2-for-3 with a walk, and driving in all four runs on a first-inning two-RBI double, and a sixth-inning two-run home run, his 23rd of the year.

Save those two at-bats, Rockies’ starter David Hale threw pretty well, though he ended up allowing all four runs in six innings, giving up four hits and three walks (his first three free passes in a Rockies’ uniform) while striking out five Marlins.

The Fish never threatened besides the first and the sixth, though with the Rockies’ offense running into the ground as poorly as it did, Miami didn’t need to score any more runs than they had in the first inning.

Latos was dominant from the start, allowing just a run on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out 11 Rockies, working heavily in the strike zone with 73 of his 101 pitches on the mark.

The lone Rockies’ run came in the top of the sixth inning, when DJ LeMahieu doubled to left-center field, and was driven in by Troy Tulowitzki on a single. Other than that, the Rockies rarely threatened, with Michael McKenry‘s triple — and then stranding by Brandon Barnes and Rafael Ynoa in the seventh inning — the only notable opportunity the club had to do damage to Miami.

With the loss, the Rockies have now dropped four straight — including all three on the road trip so far — and are now 27-34 on the season, including a mystifying 1-5 record against the 27-36 Marlins.

The two clubs meet again Sunday afternoon with the Rockies trying desperately to avoid a four-game sweep before seeing the Houston Astros for four games beginning on Monday.

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